Edgar Degas (19 July 1834 – 27 September 1917), born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas (pronounced [ilɛʀ ʒɛʁmɛ̃ ɛdɡɑʀ dœˈɡɑ]), was a French artist famous for his work in painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing. He is regarded as one of the founders of Impressionism although he rejected the term, and preferred to be called a realist. A superb draughtsman, he is especially identified with the subject of the dance, and over half his works depict dancers. These display his mastery in the depiction of movement, as do his racecourse subjects and female nudes. His portraits are considered to be among the finest in the history of art.

Early in his career, his ambition was to be a history painter, a calling for which he was well prepared by his rigorous academic training and close study of classic art. In his early thirties he changed course, and by bringing the traditional methods of a history painter to bear on contemporary subject matter, he became a classical painter of modern life.

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Blue Dancers, c.1899 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Blue Dancers, c.1899
The Dance Class 1873-76 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Dance Class 1873-76
Dancers In Pink - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dancers In Pink
The Ballet Rehearsal on Stage - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Ballet Rehearsal on Stage
The Absinthe Drinker - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Absinthe Drinker
Ballet Rehearsal - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Ballet Rehearsal
Dance Class 1871 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Dance Class 1871
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years
The Interior (Rape Scene), c.1868 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Interior (Rape Scene), c.1868
The Star 1876-77 - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Star 1876-77
After the Bath IV - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
After the Bath IV
The Dance Foyer at the Opera on the rue Le Peletier... - Edgar Degas - www.edgar-degas.org
The Dance Foyer at the Opera on the rue Le Peletier...

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